There are two types of clinics, medically led clinics and midwife led clinics.
Our medically led clinics include Gynaecology, Obstetric, Family Planning, Choices, Cervical Screening, Colposcopy and Early Pregnancy Assessment.
Our midwife led clinics include our Assessments Centre and clinics for Midwives, Booking In, Mamta Caseload Midwifery, Lactation, Infant Massage classes and Childbirth Parenting Education classes.
*For Specialist Clinics appointments, including in Women’s and Children’s Services, only the patient can attend unless a carer is required.
You will need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access any medically led services in Women’s Clinics.
Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to the Clinic. When your referral is received it will be reviewed by the consulting team and categorised based on clinical urgency.
We will then notify you of the outcome of the specialist review, what your clinical urgency category is, and the expected waiting time for your appointment.
While every attempt will be made to provide you with the earliest possible appointment time, the most urgent patients are given priority.
For all antenatal or pregnancy appointments you must bring your hand held record (Victorian Medical Record or ‘VMR’) and pregnancy care booklet that you will have received at your first ‘booking in’ visit in pregnancy.
Women’s Health Clinics are located on Level 3 in the Bendigo Hospital.
If you are seeing a midwife you may be seen in the John Lindell Rehabilitation Unit building.
The Women’s Clinics in the Bendigo Hospital have an automated check-in system. You can either scan your appointment letter or Medicare card at the check-in kiosk to register your arrival. You will be directed to provide a contact mobile phone number. This will enable us to inform you via text message when your appointment is drawing near. Should you not have a mobile phone, buzzers are available from the reception desk.
Patients are seen strictly in order of appointment time, but we have concurrent clinics running at any given time so you may see others that arrive later seen before you. We do our best to run to time, however delays do occur and we therefore recommend that you allow at least two hours for your appointment. We do ask that you present back to reception if you have been waiting for more than one hour.
Mothers can contact a lactation consultant Monday-Friday (except Public Holidays) for up to six weeks post birth, on 03 5454 7293.
Lactation Hotline and Telehealth service for feeding support and advice is currently under development. Please keep checking the Bendigo Health website and Facebook page for ongoing information regarding the commencement date of these services.
Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
Chat online 4-10pm daily
ABA Breastfeeding helpline: 1800 686 268
YouTube: Bendigo Health Best Beginnings - Information regarding feeding Bendigo Health Best Beginnings - Sleep for infants up to three months of age
If your client is experiencing;
Please send to the Emergency Department for urgent review.
Services not offered through Bendigo Health:
Encompasses all aspects of female health primarily focusing on the reproductive organs.
Follow up clinic for women with abnormal results on Cervical Screening Tests(CST), cervical abnormalities, post coital bleeding
Family Planning Clinic
To facilitate access to Mirena, Implanon insertion or tubal ligation
Surgical Termination of Pregnancy clinic for unwanted fertility (Must be <12 weeks gestation at time of surgery)
Cervical Screening Service
Registered Nurse led Cervical Screening Service and follow up program for post colposcopy results
Early Pregnancy Assessment Service
Clinic for women who are miscarrying or experiencing pain and bleeding in early pregnancy (prior to booking in clinic)
Booking in Clinic. Is the first point of contact to book in a pregnancy/ birth at Bendigo Health once a referral is received. This visit usually takes 1 hour.
|Booking in Clinic
The first point of contact to book in a pregnancy/ birth at Bendigo Health once a referral has been accepted. This visit usually takes one hour. Ph: 54547288
|Pregnancy Assessment Clinic
The Assessments Clinic room has four treatment spaces, one bed and three reclining chairs, all with wall mounted CTG (cardiotocograph) monitors and vital signs monitors.
The Clinic is staffed by designated midwifery staff who work collaboratively with designated Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) registrars/residents.
This clinic provides an area where a woman’s pregnancy can be assessed outside her regular antenatal appointment times. Women can be referred from smaller hospitals or can present with concerns. Ph 54547291
Every women’s first hospital visit is conducted by a booking midwife who collates history to then be assessed by an Obstetrician.
Women assessed as having a Low Risk pregnancy can be cared for in the Midwives Clinic who follow the Bendigo Health Antenatal Care Schedule – Midwife Led Care Pathway (Gold Team)
|Mamta Caseload Midwifery
Mamta is a modified caseload midwifery program, providing care for women and their families through pregnancy, labour and birth, postnatal care and home visiting.
The program provides care for women who are low risk at the time of booking in.
All women are given an application form at their booking in appointment and can self-refer. Selection is through an internal recruitment process. This is an equitable process that takes into consideration a number of factors to select the participants.
There is eight caseload midwives.
|An outpatient clinic that women experiencing breast feeding difficulties can access for the first six weeks after the giving birth at Bendigo Health. Women can self-refer via Ph: 5454 7293
|Childbirth Parenting Education classes
|A team of dedicated midwives, lactation consultants and physiotherapists who support families in making the transition to parenthood by sharing their knowledge and expertise and answering questions. This class includes a tour of the birthing rooms. A dedicated class with an interpreter is available for parents with a Karen culture background. This class is suitable for multiple pregnancies or those aiming to have a vaginal birth after a caesarean. Ph 54547285
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